Rome Venice Package
- Package Includes
Rome airport pick-up
Travel by motorcoach
Water taxi in Venice
Rome and Venice city tours
Admission to St. Peter’s Basilica, Colosseum, St. Mark’s Basilica, and Murano Glass factory
Basic travel insurance
Airport drop-off at the end of the tour
Lunch and dinner
Day 1 in Rome
Welcome to Rome! Upon arrival, you will go through customs and immigration. Should you opt to purchase a transfer to your hotel; a representative will be waiting for you as you exit immigration. Arrive at your hotel, check in and do not give in to jet lag! There is so much for you to experience!
This afternoon, we recommend that you focus your visit on the main sites between Palatine Hill and the Spanish Steps. Start off with a visit to the Roman Colosseum and marvel at Rome’s greatest architectural wonder. You may want to purchase our optional tour ‘Ancient Rome Half-Day Walking Tour’ during which you will visit all the best-known sites of ancient Rome, including the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, the Capitoline Hill, Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon and Piazza Navona.
As the night approaches, make your way down to Trastevere by bus or the help of the metro. The former ghetto is chalk full of various restaurants and bars sure to please every budget and taste, with plenty of entertainment afterwards.
Day 2 in Rome
Wake up early today and head for the Vatican. You may want to purchase our optional tour ‘Skip the Lines: Vatican Museums Walking Tour including Sistine Chapel, Raphael’s Rooms and St. Peter’s Basilica’. You will avoid the lengthy queues and explore one of the world’s most extensive art collections with an expert local guide who will share the stories and secrets contained within the Museums’ walls, pleasures originally meant for the exclusive enjoyment of the Pope. Experience Michelangelo’s famous ‘Creation of Adam’ with you own eyes as you explore the Sistine Chapel and wander Raphael’s Rooms. After taking in the Museums, be humbled by the imposing beauty of Saint Peter’s Basilica, where you will encounter another of Michelangelo’s masterpieces, ‘La Pieta’. For a fascinating finish, you will stop to admire the magnificent Saint Peter’s Square, as your guide points out Bernini’s ingenious use of optical illusion.
After you’ve been to church, grab lunch and then head over to the old Post Office to mail a letter from the world’s smallest country. Once you’ve had lunch and your spirit is revitalized, take a nice shady stroll down the Tiber River. Along the river you can visit the Castel ‘Sant Angelo’ or the frescoed Villa Farnesina near the Botanical Gardens for a taste of Roman Renaissance. Cross the river then and explore the local neighborhoods and backstreets in and around Piazza Navona and the Campo de Fiori (flower market). There are lots of restaurants in this area for when you get hungry and the bars and nightclubs stay crowded until long after midnight. If you want to really get dressed up and go clubbing with the locals, make your way out to Testaccio south of town.
Day 3 in Rome
Spend the morning of the third day exploring the Capitoline Museums – three of the oldest in the world containing artifacts and artworks from the ancient Roman world. The three museums are connected by an underground gallery and run the gambit from a giant bronzed head of Constantine to the serpent-headed locks of Bernini’s Medusa. Have lunch along the river near the Isola Tiberina.
This afternoon, check out some of Rome’s other hidden gems such as the Baths of Diocletian at Piazza Repubblica which was the largest bathhouse of its kind dating back to 300 A.D. and contains Octagonal Hall, a former Roman gymnasium.
Day 4 in Venice
Make sure that you do not get off in Mestre Station, your train ticket is for Santa Lucia which is in Venice proper. To proceed to your hotel, please read the FAQ for information on getting around.
After you are checked in, enjoy lunch, purchase a map and take time to meander – losing yourself in the maze of canals and lanes is one of Venice’s principal pleasures its hushed backstreets are just entrancing.
This evening go on a Gondola ride. A Gondola Serenade on the Canals of Venice is the ultimate romantic experience. Complete with music and sweet melodies, you will glide along the Grand Canal and the minor canals of Venice. We recommend our optional ‘Private Tour: Venice Gondola Ride with Serenade.’
Day 5 in Venice
Depart your hotel early this morning and head straight for St Mark’s Square, before the worst of the crowds have gathered in the piazza and the basilica. Try to make it to the Basilica for early morning mass: you’ll have the best part of an hour to reflect on the acres of glimmering mosaics. Don`t miss The Doge’s Palace, the most representative symbol of Venice’s culture, which, together with the Basilica of San Marco at the back and the Piazzetta in the forefront, forms one of the most famous sceneries in the world. Stop for a cappuccino on the terrace of Caffè Florian for the most atmospheric surroundings on Piazza San Marco.
After lunch, head for a visit to the Accademia gallery which contains an impressive percentage of the world’s Old Masters or if the Tintorettos and Bellinis don’t do for you completely, the modern art works of the Peggy Guggenheim Collection and the Frari basilica with its spectacular Assumption of the Virgin by Titian, are short walks away.
In the evening, Hop on a vaporetto to Rialto Bridge, timing your arrival beneath this wonderful bridge to coincide with a hopelessly romantic first sighting at sunset. From Rialto, enjoy a leisurely stroll to Caffe del Doge to mingle with the locals while enjoying ice cream and the best coffee in Venice.
Day 6 in Venice
Explore the outlying islands, visit Murano, a Venice in miniature, home to the lagoon’s famed glass-blowing workshops; Burano, a quiet fishing village famous for its hand-tatted lace and wonderfully clashing colors of its houses and Torcello, for a glimpse of what Venice must have looked like. We recommend our optional ‘Private Tour: Murano, Burano and Torcello Half Day Tour.’
In the evening we suggest you get to know the darker side of Venice with our optional ‘Venice Ghost Walking Tour’ where you will follow an enchanting route through the silent alleyways and sleeping campi of the Hidden Venice. Abandoned and dimly lit at night, this different side of Venice provides the perfect backdrop for the guides to present ghost stories both past and present. The tours itinerary also features many architectural gems lost in the back streets of Venice waiting to be discovered by the intrepid traveler. The ghost walk will finish close to the Rialto bridge.
Afterwards, saunter through to La Bottega ai Promessi Sposi where you can perch at the counter and snack, or eat an excellent, simple meal of seafood and meat at one of the tables beyond.